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United States calls for urgent action on south-east Asian migrant crisis

The US has said that the world needs to act on the migrant crisis enveloping south-east Asia.

Thousand of migrants are thought to be adrift, despite around 2,000 landing in the Indonesia and Malaysia. Thailand has turned several boats away.

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Indonesia and Malaysia to provide shelter to migrants

Indonesia and Malaysia will provide temporary shelter to thousands of migrants who had been stranded at sea, marking the first breakthrough in the humanitarian crisis confronting south-east Asia.

A fishing boat carrying Rohingya and Bangleshi migrants is pulled to shore by Achenese fisherman. Credit: Reuters

Most of the migrants are the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority from Burma and others are Bangladeshis fleeing poverty.

The agreement came as more than 430 migrants who had been stranded at sea for months were rescued and taken to Indonesia.

"Indonesia and Malaysia agreed to continue to provide humanitarian assistance to those 7,000 irregular migrants at sea," Mr Anifah told reporters.

He said the two countries "also agreed to provide them temporary shelter provided that the resettlement and repatriation process will be done in one year by the international community".

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